A fledgling private sector is taking root in communist Cuba. Last week a group of Cuban entrepreneurs made an unprecedented visit to Miami to learn how to run a business -- and to convince Americans they’re the real deal.

To salvage his ragged economy, Cuban leader Raúl Castro has decreed limited free-market reforms. Half a million Cubans have started up small enterprises ranging from pizzerias to furniture makers. Five of those new capitalists met with South Florida business owners and start-up consultants. Among them was Sandra Aldama, who owns a Havana company called D’Brujas, which makes some of the first hypo-allergenic soaps to be sold in Cuba.

"Finding the most basic capital goods and suppliers [in Cuba] is incredibly difficult," says Aldama. "But we're achieving something that's a dream for many people in Cuba."...



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